About the Author Blake Guthrie covers travel, entertainment and outdoor recreation for many outlets, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he is a regular contributor. United States regulations, implemented by the U. Rum with this alcohol percentage was defined to be 100° or one hundred degrees proof. They then plucked out which contained only non-alcohol ingredients , leaving behind a higher concentration of alcohol. The proof may vary in the pudding, but proof in alcoholic beverages is scientifically defined and legally regulated. Lynne Rossetto Kasper is the host of The Splendid Table®, American Public Media's national food show and co-author of The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper: Recipes, Stories and Opinions. Alcohol Content and Liqueurs Liqueurs are the great variable in this equation.
If you are using a , for instance, you will have a stronger drink than if you make the same drink in a 10-ounce highball glass and fill it with soda. The liquor was mixed with gunpowder and set on fire. In the United States, 100-proof alcohol means that the liquor is 50% alcohol by volume. Since a volume of alcohol weighs less than the same volume of water, proof is calibrated based on the weight difference. While there may or may not be a reasonable explanation, an alcohol's proof can tell you a lot about what's inside your bottle. This is a very handy tool that will estimate the alcohol content of a certain recipe.
Proof is the government documentation of a distilled beverage's alcohol content. A cup of water weighs approximately 16 ounces; a cup of alcohol weighs 12. Whiskey took off when farmers realized they could make ten times the money on their corn if they distilled it. And yet, this is a good reminder that the average martini is almost as strong as. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from Auburn University.
Due to the volume of questions, we unfortunately can't reply individually, but we will publish answers to the most intriguing questions, so check back soon. It is easier than saying alcohol by volume or alcohol content both of which can make you sound uncool. About the Author Janet Beal has written for various websites, covering a variety of topics, including gardening, home, child development and cultural issues. In the United States, proof is simply twice the percentage of alcohol, but that's not the case in other countries. Malibu is 42 proof, Smirnoff's and are typically around 70 proof, and Fireball is only 66 proof.
They can all be diluted to down to 40 proof and still fit into their legal definitions. The liquors that can have the lowest proof and are any bottles of flavored brandy, gin, vodka, rum, and whiskey. The ice brings it down just slightly below the. For beer, yeast typically break down sugars found in starches, such as cereal grains. Any alcohol can be talked about in terms of proof, but beer, wine, and other low-alcohol beverages usually aren't defined by their proof. They will vary from one brand to another, even between liqueurs of the same style or flavor.
Even two different brands of the same liqueur may have different alcohol contents. The majority of spirits sold these days, including many popular brands of whiskey, vodka and other liquors, are commonly between 80 to 90 proof. Proof started because of buyer beware. Definition of Proof Proof is the measure of the amount of alcohol in a standard drinking or medicinal liquid, an expression of the strength of the liquid. American drinkers tend to use proof to describe the potency of liquor as well. Though you may want to consider 169 proof , 151 proof, if you didn't know , or 130 proof to get your fix of higher proof liquors. There are some so-called beer labels that claim much higher alcohol content than the average 4 percent to 6 percent.
A beverage with an alcohol percentage of 40 by volume would rate 40 degrees Gay-Lussac. British and European regulatory agencies calculate proof with different methodologies. Because of this, the point at which the gunpowder begins to ignite became known as 100-proof. Please do not try this at home. As the market soared so did watering down the booze for even more money. Thus, doubling the alcohol content to derive an alcohol's proof began. Michelle Bryner, Michelle writes about technology and chemistry for Live Science.
While many people could care less about finding out what the proven strength of their drink is, some of us enjoy a little trivia even a little math and this is for us. While we can generally assume that gin, vodka, whiskey, and other base spirits are 80 proof and the bottle will clearly state if it's 100 or above , liqueurs are not so easy. Answer: The word proof came about years ago when ships, unloading their cargo of whiskey, had only one way to tell the strength of the liquor they were carrying. Online Calculator If you would like to know the proof of a particular cocktail without doing the math yourself, you can use an online tool. Copyright 2011 Lynne Rossetto Kasper.